Polan Propels Bulldogs Over Brown

Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kendall Polan. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Four Different Bulldogs Produce at Least 8 Kills

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A new Ivy League season is underway and the same Kendall Polan came to play.

Polan, the reigning two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, picked up where she left off last year in conference play with a near-triple-double performance in a sweep of Brown on Saturday night.  The Yale senior captain hit .462 and delivered eight kills,10 digs with a team-high 23 assists.  

The scores of the match were 25-22, 25-13 and 25-19.  The Bulldogs improved to 7-3 overall following the Ivy League opener for both teams, while Brown fell to 4-7 overall.

Yale spread out of the offense with a 44-22 edge in kills.  Kelly Johnson and Brittani Steinberg both posted a match-high with nine kills, while McHaney Carter added eight. 

In the first set, the Bulldog offense picked up behind the Yale rookie Steinberg.  Yale bounced back after two straight Brown points with five in a row, led by Steinberg.

The run began after Polan set up Steinberg for a kill.  Steinberg then combined with Carter on the next point for block assists.  After a Brown error, Steinberg struck for two more kills to give Yale a 16-11 lead and forced a timeout from the Bears.

Polan capped a quick-hitting 3-0 run with a service ace to give Yale a 13-9 lead in the second set.  Yale scored eight of the next 11 points - capped by an another ace from Johnson.  Yale had an 6-3 edge in aces.

Yale put away Brown after a back-and-forth third set with six of the last seven points that included two kills each from Jesse Ebner, the current Ivy League Player of the Week, and Johnson.

The Bulldogs continue a five-match homestand to open the Ivy season with matches against Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity